Book Review: Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter’s style of writing encourages me to read her novels in one sitting, this one is no different. I escaped from a flare-up of my CRPS into this world of well-rounded characters and thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and it’s swift pace. I love the story starting in the midst of a marriage rather than the traditional romance beginning when the couple first interact. The only detraction is the moving back and forth in time, we begin in the conflict the two characters are experience and then flip to the two first getting to know each other and, on occasion, even further back into Josephine’s history. I can see the value of this in making each character more relatable and the reader more empathetic but personally don’t enjoy it as much as the linear journeys. Aside from that, a great book and well worth reading! 4 out 5 on the en-JOY-meant scale!

From the back cover:

When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down. Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and okay, the botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes. But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for this advance copy.

4 Replies to “Book Review: Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter

  1. Hi, I found you on Chronic Illness Bloggers thread for last week, but have shared a link for this book review on my regular PainPalsBlog “Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You” post! I am so pleased to have found you, as a fellow Netgalley member and book reviewer (tho a bad pain spell has left me way behind with writing reviews!). Claire x

    1. Hi Claire! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m heading over to check out your blog now! So sorry to hear about your pain flare-up, I can relate, not feeling myself today either!

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